Remove AnyDocToPDF Browser Redirect
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Remove AnyDocToPDF Browser Redirect

AnyDocToPdf is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser extension which causes several changes on the browser and system it is installed on. If you somehow have installed the PUP, such as in a bundled package or willingly via Chrome Web Store (believing it was useful), you will notice that your default search engine is changed to Freehdsearch.com. So, how are AnyDocToPdf and Freehdsearch.com related to one another?

In fact, potentially unwanted programs often partner with dubious search engines, and AnyDocToPdf may not be the only PUP promoting it.

This article will provide you with further details and show you how to remove the AnyDocToPdf PUP and the Freehdsearch.com search engine from your browser.

Threat Summary

NameAnyDocToPdf
TypeRedirect, PUP, Browser Extension
Short Description A browser extension which is promoted as useful but is in fact associated with intrusive, unwanted behavior.
Symptoms A search engine with questionable reputation that loads in your browser without your permission.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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AnyDocToPdf – More Information

In most cases, potentially unwanted programs such as AnyDocToPdf are spread with the help of shady techniques like bundling. These techniques hide the configuration files of unwanted programs which makes it harder for you to prevent their installation. In addition to bundling, corrupted web pages and fake software update notifications may have been used.

If you don’t remember downloading AnyDocToPdf as a browser extension from Chrome Web Store or elsewhere, the program may have entered your computer in a bundled freeware package. As a result of it, your default search engine may have been changed to Freehdsearch.com, even though there is not way to tell if this is the only intrusive search engine used by the PUP.

In the majority of cases, a PUP lands on a computer by being part of a software bundle. This means you might have installed it along with any desired and supposedly useful third-party program. The moment of its installation could have been missed easily. Also note that popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by AnyDocToPdf and its related redirects.

What about the consequences of having AnyDocToPdf installed on your browser? The very first issue that users report having is the change of their default search engines to third party engines, such as Freehdsearch.com. Other issues include experiencing constant redirects to unwanted pages and the display of intrusive advertisements.

Being a PUP, AnyDocToPdf may have been spying on your online activities since its first access to your browser. By dropping and activating different types of tracking technologies on your device, the browser extension and the search engine it promotes could obtain plenty of details about your browsing behavior, such as:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)

How to Remove AnyDocToPdf

In order to remove AnyDocToPdf and prevent any redirects stemming from it, along with all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of PUPs, we recommend you to combine the steps.

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Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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